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OU football: Fan cutouts available for Sooners football games

NORMAN — OU receiver Obi Obialo said even though the crowd at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be significantly smaller this season, he’ll be picturing full stands when he plays his lone season for the Sooners.

“In my head, I’m gonna see fans,” Obialo said Thursday. “If I score, I’m gonna (high-five) with all the fans there in the stands. But we’ll see.”

Obialo might be seeing more fans than the 25 percent of the stadium’s capacity expected to be admitted in 2020.

Wednesday, OU announced it would sell cutouts of fans to place in open seating areas, including in the east and west sideline areas behind the benches.

Fans can purchase the cutouts for $50 for the season, with proceeds going to the Sooner Relief Fund, which benefits OU athletes by helping maintain services as the athletics department’s budget took a significant hit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be in place for the Sept. 12 season opener against Missouri State, cutouts must be ordered by 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Cutouts can be ordered at SoonerSports.com/cutouts.

Obialo didn’t know about the plan before Thursday.

“So there’s gonna be like faces and stuff in the stands?” Obialo said. “That’s different. That’s gonna be funny, actually.”

Related Photos
Fans cheer during an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Oklahoma won 28-24. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Fans cheer during an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Oklahoma won 28-24. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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